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Team Texas claims Bates off waivers - scores big at Nationals
September 10th, 2013 | Written by: Editor

Nationals @ Fargo, ND - July 13-20

Team Louisiana sent ten wrestlers to the USAW Nationals, held July 13th-20th in Fargo, North Dakota.  But the Louisiana wrestler who fared best at the event wore a singlet with "Texas" emblazoned on it.

Unable to travel with Team Louisiana, Doyline High School's Brittany Bates was welcomed by Team Texas coach Monaka Allen and director Jackie Martin as a member of Team Texas 2.  At the Cadet level, Miss Bates placed fourth in the 115 lbs. class, scoring five points for the Texas Cadet team which placed third behind California and Washington.  Bates posted a 4-2 record in the tournament and also participated in the Women's Junior Freestyle Duals, in which she won two of her three matches.  Her finish also earned her an Honorable Mention spot on the ASICS Girls High School All-American Team.

Of the young men in the competition, De la Salle's Alex Martin, a senior and two-time Division III state champion, went 3-2 in both the Junior Freestyle and Greco-Roman events at 160 lbs.  Two-time Division I state champion Paul Klein, a junior at Brother Martin, tallied a 4-4 record at 132 lbs.  Also scoring victories were Rummel senior Joseph Kerry (2-4 combined at 152 lbs.), Brother Martin senior Austin Meyn (Jr. FS @ 138 lbs.), Rummel senior Christian Mire (Jr. FS @ 145 lbs.), Holy Cross junior Brice Duhe (Cadet FS @ 170 lbs.) and Mandeville junior Nicholas DesBordes (Cadet GR at 120 lbs.).

Rummel's senior Cody Mire and sophomore Robert Fairchild, and Hahnville sophomore Nicholas Lirette, may not have won any matches, but this was the USAW Nationals - the experience of just participating is invaluable.

Team Texas had a camera, and the following photos of Brittany Bates are published with the permission of Coach Ray Shoaf.

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